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OHIO PILL DEALER SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SELLING OXYCODONE

Police seize several items including a car, guns, hundreds of prescription pills, and $17,000 in cash during a search

HUNTINGTON – An Ohio pill dealer who sold hundreds of dollars’ worth of powerful prescription painkillers in March 2010 was sentenced today to two years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Wesley Alan Wood, 32, formerly of Proctorville, Ohio, previously pleaded guilty in April to distribution of oxycodone.  In March 2010, Wood met a confidential informant working with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) at a predetermined location in Hurricane, W.Va. to complete a pill transaction.  After meeting in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store located in Hurricane, W.Va., the police informant entered the defendant’s vehicle and rode with Wood, and his wife, Kristina Wood, to a nearby Budget Inn Motel to complete the pill transaction.  Wood later sold 85 80-milligram oxycodone tablets to the informant while the two were inside of a rented motel room. 
Following the transaction, Kristina Wood drove the defendant and the informant back to the Wal-Mart parking lot.  Wesley Wood repeatedly asked the informant where he had parked his vehicle.  After failing to locate the informant’s vehicle, Wood sat a 9-millimeter pistol in his lap and told the informant to “get the [expletive] out of my car.”  Wood and his wife then exited the Wal-Mart parking lot and were stopped by police.  During a search of Wood’s vehicle, officers seized the defendant’s pistol, 71 80-milligram oxycodone tablets and 14 40-milligram oxycodone tablets. 

Officers also executed a search warrant on the defendant’s Proctorville residence.  During the search, officers recovered two pistols, various prescription medications including 300 80-milligram oxycodone tablets, 166 7.5-milligram hydrocodone tablets, and, $17,453.  Police also seized a 2000 Lincoln Town Car that was previously purchased by Wood.  Wood told police that the car was purchased using illegal drug proceeds.   

The investigation was conducted by MDENT, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Huntington Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers. 

This case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District. 

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